In a letter dated Feb 26, 1967, Eugenia Garson, the force behind the Laura Ingalls Wilder Songbook, wrote Rose that she had the hardest time finding the music to These Happy Golden Years. She struck out at the Library of Congress and many other music libraries. Finally she found by chance in a small private collection in New York. It had originally been published in East Liverpool, Ohio, in 1879. Let’s all thank Mrs. Garson and her daughter for not giving up and listen to this great song that gave us a great title. Find it on “Laura Ingalls Wilder Speaks” available from most of the gift shops.
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Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.